Monday, December 19, 2011

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

A few of my girlfriends and I have started a new tradition of getting together for a day of baking. 
It started during the holidays last year and we have since done it 2-3 other times,
rotating whose house we go to and trying new recipes each time.

We mostly make cookies, but we've also whipped up some cakes and biscotti.
It's a great way to spend some girl time together.  
And as a bonus, we get to go home with Tupperware filled with goodies.
What more could you ask for?

This year I made two different types of chocolate peppermint cookies.
I saw this recipe on Two Peas & Their Pod and knew I had to give it a try.
The cookies look so fun and festive, and perhaps more importantly, easy to make.

They came out really well, and taste delicious.
It makes me wonder what other candy I can put on chocolate cookies...
Butterfingers?  Heath Bars?  Gummy bears?
Yeah, probably not that last one, huh?

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies
From Two Peas & Their Pod

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
crushed candy canes

1.  Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

2.  In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, combine oil, chocolate, and sugar  on medium speed.
Add in eggs one at a time.  Then add vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add in the dry ingredients on low speed and mix until just blended.

3.  Gather the dough in a disk and wrap in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

4.  Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.  Preheat to 350.
Line 2 baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.

5.  Pour crushed candy canes in a small bowl.
Tip: Pulse them in a food processor to crush
Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll in the candy canes.  
Put them 2 inches apart on baking sheets.

6.  Bake for 5 minutes, then rotates pans.  
Bake for 5 minutes longer.
Let cool before trying to take them off the sheets, otherwise they'll smush up.



  1. these look gorgeous AND delish. thanks!

  2. Looks like a ton of fun and those cookies look fabulous!

  3. My sister would die for these! Thanks for the recipe and your sweet comment on my blog. I am a new follower :)

  4. Oh my gosh! A day of baking with friends sounds so fun. If only my kitchen weren't the size of a shoe box. I baked today all on my own. Right after I trimmed the tree. It was still pretty nice. Except that I pretty much overdosed on buttercream frosting, and now I feel a little sick.

  5. I just found your blog through weddingbee :)

    These cookies sound and look amazing.

  6. How fun to do a girlfriend get together for baking cookies. There is some serious work going on in that picture - the food processor, sifter and mixer all getting a workout at once! I love the combo of chocolate and peppermint so these cookies look delicious!!